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Magheramorne Estate
Magheramorne
Co. Antrim
BT40 3HW

events@magheramorneestate.com
T: (028) 9538 0895

History

HISTORY OF MAGHERAMORNE ESTATE

Standing proudly on an elevated position with commanding views over Larne Lough, Magheramorne House is steeped in captivating history and tradition.

The impressive estate harks back to a more glamorous and genteel age. It exudes sophisticated charm underpinned by the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of a family home.

Design

Designed circa 1878 by Samuel P Close, it was built by James Henry for Sir James Hogg to mark his rise to the peerage of Baron Magheramorne in 1880. It replaced Ballylig House, an earlier and more modest residence originally constructed in 1817.

Magheramorne House was then occupied by the Baron’s family until 1904 when Colonel James McCalmont took up residence.

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Major Harold Robinson

The estate changed hands again in 1932 as Major Harold Robinson, (of Robinson and Cleaver’s department store fame), transformed the house and grounds.

He further extended and developed the impressive gardens by planting many of the 150 different species of woodland trees present at the estate to this day.

These grounds are today maintained in their impressively manicured state by a skilled full-time gardener.

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Grade B1 listed status & Grounds

Magheramorne House’s architectural and historical significance is reflected in its Grade B1 listed status. While the accommodation has been modernised since its original construction, many notable period features, both internally and externally, have been retained.

The magnificent gardens extend over 40 acres and are a particular feature of the estate.

They include formal landscaped gardens and an exceptional array of specimen trees that impressively enhance the naturalistic planting.

Also tucked away in the private estate are two dramatic glens, a waterfall, ornamental walks, streams, ponds, feature bridges and a wide array of flora, fauna and indigenous wildlife to discover.

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Present

A new chapter in the history of Magheramorne Estate was opened in 2020 following its purchase by the Allen family who are very well respected in the food and hospitality sector.

They are currently investing all their time and energy into giving Magheramorne Estate a whole new lease of life with a sympathetic restoration and innovative plans for staging future events.

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